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True Chesapeake Oyster Co

4.7
4.7
184 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood


True Chesapeake Oyster Company is the first Maryland oyster farm to open a restaurant, featuring oysters raised on their farm in St. Jerome’s Creek, Southern Maryland. The menu revolves around these oysters — raw, roasted, and in signature dishes like Classic Rockefeller and Semolina Fried Oysters — complemented by varied seasonal entrees and fun departures on classic cocktails. The True Chesapeake team aspires to extend the restorative practices at the farm to the spirit of this restaurant with “restorative dining” -- a dining experience featuring the farm’s bounty and sincerely crafted to restore body and soul.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (410) 913-6374

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Zack Mills

  • Catering

    The True Chesapeake Oyster Co. team would love to chat with you about your next event! Please email us at info@truechesapeake.com to hear more about our options for your celebration.

  • Private party facilities

    The True Chesapeake Oyster Co. team would love to chat with you about your next event! Please email us at info@truechesapeake.com to hear more about our options for your celebration.

  • Neighborhood

    Hampden

  • Parking details

    You will find our restaurant (and plenty of parking) beneath the historic smokestack at Whitehall Mill.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Wed - Thu - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Happy Hour at the True Chesapeake Bar! From 5-7 enjoy $2 off cocktails, draft beer and wine by the glass as well as $2 True Chesapeake oysters raw or roasted!
  • Taps & Toys

    Dec 11 - Dec 12, 2022
    Sun - 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    Make a child's Holiday wish list come true this season! Donate a new toy for ages 12 and under on December 11th to True Chesapeake Oyster Co. and enjoy some NEW seasonal brews for Pariah Brewing. Bring in a toy for 15% off Pariah Drafts.

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What 184 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Innovative

  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Good for special occasions

  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Lively

  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Seafood

  • Baltimore

    Great for brunch

  • Baltimore

    Innovative

  • Baltimore

    Healthy

  • Baltimore

    Good for special occasions

  • Baltimore

    Lively

  • Baltimore

    Seafood

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  1. S

    Smalltimorediner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for Grateful Dead brunch - food delicious, band amazing, and great friends!
  2. TM

    TomM

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food in Baltimore. Beautiful venue. Great wine list
  3. MT

    MyTwoCents

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a last minute table of 6 during a the busy holiday season. The food was wonderful. Our sever was a little green but she really tried hard and had a great attitude. Thank you for saving our last minute birthday celebration!
  4. b

    bryanr

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is amazing and the service was just as good. This was my second time there and I’ll be back.
  5. M

    Mantoloking

    New York Area

    205 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    205 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Austin made the experience and that is saying a lot because the food is destination worthy. The venue is four star rustic. The menu amazing. Austin listened to two seniors stories and made us feel special. His assistant was also spots on. Don’t miss the crab bone marrow dip.
  6. TD

    TowsonDiner

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful experience at True Chesapeake. Wonderful food. Great atmosphere. Drinks always feel a little slow here. But overall - terrific!
  7. DC

    DCDines

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food. Excellent and attentive service. Fun and tasty cocktails.
  8. TM

    TanyaM

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Our server forgot to put in our order and so the manager came over to tell us that he would expedited as soon as possible. We appreciate the communication, but honestly were a little surprised they didn’t offer us anything for that extra long wait.
  9. TM

    TomM

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is fabulous: French Onion Roasted Oyster; Steak Tartare w Smoked Oyster Aioli & Caviar; Caesar Sala w Fried Oyster Croutons; etc The venue is beautiful. The wait staff warm, helful.
  10. SS

    SusieS

    Baltimore

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, love the ambiance. We shall return!
  11. EM

    ErikaM

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place, pretty environment. Loved all the food and drinks. Portions weren't big but it was high quality food. The bread was extremely delicious. Loved the oysters and snakehead!! Nice service. Will be back!
  12. JS

    JStorm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The space is stunning. High ceilings with beautiful lighting, exposed brick and beams with a cozy vibe and great playlist. The menu Is true to Baltimore classics, we enjoyed some oysters on happy hour, then steak tartare, clam pasta with a squash sauce, rockfish, ribeye, brussel sprouts and blue crab Mac. Wowwww and cocktails were beautifully balanced. Austin gave attentive service and great recommendations. 10/10 *chefs kiss*
  13. RW

    RyanW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The selection of oysters we had was fantastic, as expected. The french onion baked oysters were phenomenal as was the crab&bone marrow dip. The cocktails are surprisingly excellent and creative without being gimicky. Topped off with friendly helpful service created an perfect evening.
  14. YU

    YUMMMMM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef uses herbs and flavors to enhance the already delicious dishes--cocktails are amazing! Bread is like cake!! (not too sweet-just delicious!) wait service is always good- the place is beautiful--we will continue to be glad we live so close by!!
  15. MM

    MMKK

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great dining experience. The service was fabulous.
  16. JT

    JTaylor

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always have a great time here. Great atmosphere, Excellent food. Oysters are fresh and they provide a good variety of prep and styles. Craft cocktails are delicious. Indoor/Outdoor seating options when the weather is nice. Highly recommended!
  17. N

    Nina

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a hidden gem!! This is the second time I've had dinner at the True Chesapeake Oyster Co. It did not disappoint. The chefs have put together a very creative menu and the oysters are delicious! The ambiance is excellent and the overall experience is terrific.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Went there for Grateful brunch. Overall we enjoyed ourselves, but we were looking forward to tie dye pancakes that they no longer serve but is still advertised. Also our server was passive aggressive, and acted like he had no idea what was going on in the restaurant but was the “bar manager”.
  19. 5

    5pickyeaters

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent oysters, salads and the best dessert- Smith Island cake!
  20. TM

    TomM

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Steak tartare dressed in smoked oyster aioli, caviar & homemade potato chips: a dish for the ages. Best fried oysters anywhere. Beautiful venue, great service.
  21. J

    John

    Baltimore

    42 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The food was pretty good and the service reasonably attentive. But that's not what I want to talk about. They had a Smith Island cake on the desert menu. It didn't taste right, and the texture wasn't right, so I asked our server, and she confirmed that they have someone come in and make it for them. It was disappointing for us, but an insult to Smith Island, and for a restaurant that calls itself True Chesapeake, a slap in the face to the Chesapeake.
  22. AT

    AssuntaT

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nicest staff, knowledgeable and patient about our oyster questions, fabulous cocktails and delicious meal!
  23. MH

    MarissaH

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Awesome socially distanced spot for drinks and appetizers. Grateful the employees were taking temperatures and everyone was respectful of masking. Would definitely return!
  24. TM

    TomM

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New seasonal additions to menu were great. Had bow tie pasta with clams and summer veggies. Caesar Salad with oyster croutons is world class. Had new dessert - peach galette with brown sugar bourbon ice cream. Wow.
  25. LY

    LYPG

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first dine-in since lockdown. I'm glad we picked True Chesapeake Oyster. They took great care of customers' health, including checking the temperature at the door, hand sanitizer on the table (that smells like fresh lavender), and properly distanced tables. Food was phenomenal. The steamed shrimps just screamed freshness and the softshell crabs with fried scallions were such delightful combination. Adding them to my list of favorite restaurants in Baltimore.
  26. MK

    MichaelK

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oysters were fantastic -- as were the entrees. Chef Zach and his team are knocking it out of the park -- and the staff is very sensitive to public health concerns and made us feel safe and well cared for -- a great experience overall.
  27. RN

    RegularNYCvisitor

    Baltimore

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love everything about this place. The oysters were delicious. I have never had a bad oyster there. The food is super good. Servers etc are super attentive and nice!
  28. m

    max280

    Richmond

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delectable local oysters and other seafood favorites. Killer bourbon Old-Fashioned. Amazing burger too! Owner's really care about your patronage. Ample parking, outdoor dining option, and they are following all C-19 protocol. Just an awesome place.
  29. B

    Bill

    Baltimore

    163 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    163 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second post-Corona virus visit, but our first with guests. We had a good time, although the outdoor tables are too small to maintain social distancing when eating, drinking or chatting. That said, all the other appropriate precautions were in place and we felt reasonably comfortable being there. The menu is limited but delicious, and anyway, we came for the oysters. There were only two varieties listed on the menu but we asked and then ordered a third that was not listed. Very satisfactory. The outdoor dining area is pleasant on a hot summer evening and the drinks were good. We will come again.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came for anniversary celebration and had a great time at the restaurant.
  31. K

    Kirsten

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    True Chesapeake is definitely doing its part to keep patrons and employees safe. We ate on the patio and it was perfect even in the 90 degree heat. Our food was great. Crab cake, salad, fried soft shell, oysters Rockefeller, asparagus, and cocktails. All thoughtfully prepared and presented.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal as always !
  33. B

    Bmorek

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent covid compliance. Would go again! Felt v safe
  34. HN

    HelenN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome! Would highly recommend. Did a great job of making us feel COVID safe
  35. M

    Morris

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant had it all together! Great seafood - very fresh! They raise their own oysters which allows them to bring them to their patrons a good price for one of the best values.
  36. B

    Bill

    Baltimore

    163 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    163 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    This was our first foray out since the COVID-19 shutdown began. We ate outdoors where the tables were well-spaced, although there is no way that four people seated together can remains six feet apartment; table is too small. Hostess left her post frequently to spray disinfectant, so a few people wandered past her stand without checking n and getting temperatures checked. Most people wore masks until seated. The menu was smaller than before the shutdown, but the food was well prepared. I asked our waiter not to pour our wine for us, since each time he did so we were not socially distanced. Nevertheless, others came by to pour water, check on our meal, etc. Funny how much this matters right now. We will go back, but not for a while.
  37. TA

    TroyA

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome staff and the food was awesome
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is delicious and the new patio is perfect for outdoor dining. Perfect Friday night.
  39. TD

    TraceyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you want to begin eating out again, this is a great way to start. Felt as safe as is possible. Sat outside, wore masks in, staff all had gloves and masks. The oysters were OUT of THIS WORLD! We'll be back.
  40. BO

    BOS1

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Crab cake was one of the best I've ever had. Excellent patio dining, and their infection control procedures were very well done and much appreciated.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from True Chesapeake Oyster Co using the Order Online button. True Chesapeake Oyster Co also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 913-6374.

True Chesapeake Oyster Co is rated 4.7 stars by 184 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for True Chesapeake Oyster Co

3300 Clipper Mill Rd, Ste 400, Baltimore, MD 21211-2332

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Hampden

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    You will find our restaurant (and plenty of parking) beneath the historic smokestack at Whitehall Mill.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Zack Mills

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (410) 913-6374

  • Catering

    The True Chesapeake Oyster Co. team would love to chat with you about your next event! Please email us at info@truechesapeake.com to hear more about our options for your celebration.

  • Private party facilities

    The True Chesapeake Oyster Co. team would love to chat with you about your next event! Please email us at info@truechesapeake.com to hear more about our options for your celebration.

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